Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hailey police have busy weekend

Police investigate plethora of incidents


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

The Hailey Police Department busted two juveniles and was called to two bar fights this weekend, and also investigated a case of vandalism and an incident where an object flew from a moving truck and smacked into another vehicle.

The weekend's excitement started at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday when officers received a report of three vehicles with broken back windows at the Baldy View Apartments on Woodside Boulevard. Police Chief Brian McNary said investigators have no suspects but are hoping that someone will come forward with information.

Later, shortly before 12:30 p.m., a Jeep Cherokee sustained an estimated $1,500 in damage when it was struck by a child's plastic playset on state Highway 75 in south Hailey. McNary said the playset flew out of the back of a southbound red truck and hit the northbound Cherokee, which was driven by Madora Ooms, 16, of Hailey.

The police chief said the driver of the truck, Ronald F. Aquino, 25, of Bellevue, reported that he'd tied the playset down in the back of the truck but the cord had broken. He wasn't cited for failure to secure his load, but did receive a ticket for failure to provide proof of insurance, McNary said.

Later that night, police apprehended two 16-year-old boys who were allegedly smoking marijuana in a parked car at Lion's Park on Croy Creek Road. One of the youngsters was issued misdemeanor citations for possession of tobacco, minor consumption of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, while the second youth was cited only for possession of tobacco and minor consumption of alcohol.

Then in the wee hours of Sunday, police were called at about 1:30 a.m. to The Mint Nightclub and Billiards Hall on Main Street, where security employees reported that three men were chasing and threatening another guy. McNary said quick action on the part of Mint employees kept the fight from ever happening, but one of the alleged would-be-assailants was arrested for probation violation.

Police made a second visit to The Mint about a half-hour later, this time too late to prevent fisticuffs. McNary said Heber J. Duke, 24, of Hailey, and Hugo R. Hernandez-Torres, 26, of Sun Valley, apparently got into a fight over a woman.

Hernadez-Torres received a cut on his forehead and was transported to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center for stitches. Both combatants were issued misdemeanor battery citations, the police chief said.




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